Some of the features on our Data Services Platform will be changing in early December.
- Over the next few weeks, our Linked Data Services (such as the Flood Data APIs) will be moving to a new supplier. We do not anticipate any interruption to the service.
- In early December, the Spatial Data Catalogue and Partner Data Catalogue will be combined and will change in appearance.
- The look and feel of the Survey Data Catalogue and RoFSW Portal will change, but the functionality will stay the same.
All URLs and links to services will continue to work. This includes WMS and WFS feeds as well as the API’s.
Most data will remain accessible to all users, and will be downloadable by anyone under an Open Government Licence (or a similar licence that doesn’t restrict sharing).
Some other datasets, which cannot be shared widely (usually due to third-party rights restrictions), will be available for access by registered users, where possible.
Existing Partner Data Catalogue user accounts will not be migrated over to the new system. To continue to access restricted data, users will need to re-register for an account once the new Data Services Platform is launched.
You will be able to register for an account on the new service if you or your organisation falls one of the following categories:
- Defra-body Staff
- Employees of Defra, its executive agencies, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, JNCC, Marine Management Organisation and Natural England.
- Defra-body Contractor
- Organisations that are contracted to one of the above Defra bodies. Contractors will only be able to access restricted data for use on contracted projects, following approval by the Defra project manager.
- PSMA Member
- Organisations that are members of the Ordnance Survey’s Public Sector Mapping Agreement (excluding the Defra bodies). This includes local authorities and government departments. To check if an organisation is eligible, see here.
- Partner organisations that are helping the Defra bodies to deliver the Water Framework Directive or Catchment Based Approach projects; and Internal Drainage Boards. This will include rivers trusts, wildlife trusts, and water companies.
Note that utilities (except water companies) will no longer be eligible for a registered account. (Many of the datasets previously available to utilities are no longer restricted.)
Before the launch of the new Data Services Platform, please continue to use and register for accounts on the existing service.
We will publish further instructions here on how to use the new system nearer to the launch date, and we will provide a discussion forum for your feedback, questions and comments.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, please use the comments box below.